At an associational meeting I ran into an old friend. He and his wife had been elected as a messenger to the associational meeting.
It had been my privilege to baptize both of them some years earlier in a different church I had pastored.
I talked to them for a moment.
Then asked him, "How ya been doin'?"

He said, "Well, I retired, and I've gotten fatter and lazier. Even been thinking about becoming a preacher!"

Matt 13:44-46
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

The man and his wife I spoke about above had been in church all their lives, but nothing had ever really happened in their hearts.
Then one day, they came to the church I was pastoring, visiting with relatives.
They came back the next week, and the next.
For some reason, they both found that something different happened in their lives.

It wasn't because of the change in churches.
It wasn't because of the change in people.
It wasn't even because I was the pastor (no matter how that hurts my ego).

It was because they found the TREASURE of knowing Jesus personally!
Just like the two parables in our text.

The VALUE of the treasure and the pearl in the Scripture above was very great.
Each was so great that both men sold ALL THEY HAD in order to obtain that treasure.

The treasure and the pearl represent finding a personal relationship with JESUS!

An older fellow once gave a short testimony in church.
It was a really moving statement and showed character and a real closeness with Christ.
When he sat down, a young man whispered to his wife, "I'd give anything to be as close to Jesus as that man."
The man who gave the testimony heard what the young man said.
He stood back up and said, "That's just what it costs, son - EVERYTHING!"

We have a lot of "fearful farmer" people in churches today.
They sow wild oats all week, then come on Sunday praying for a crop failure!

But when one finds JESUS, he/she finds the REAL treasure of life!
Going to church no longer is drudgery - it's joy!
Reading and studying the Bible is no longer difficult - it's fun!
Fellowship with other Christians is no longer difficult - it's easy!
Telling others about Jesus is no longer intimidating - it's a blessing!

When you take Jesus as you are - nothing really happens.
When you let Jesus make you who you are - something really happens!

Have you found the “Treasure?”

Love ya!